At Nvidia’s gaming showcase we clapped eyes on a demo of what we at first thought was a full port of Skyrim for Android; turns out it’s not quite that but it’s the next best thing.
What we have here in fact is a demo version of Splashtop THD, a version of the Splashtop remote desktop software platform that’s being made specifically for Tegra-powered Android devices. Though unfinished, the game played just as smoothly on the Transformer Prime as it did on the PC next to it. Nvidia’s Richard Seis took us through the process.
In a nutshell, if you’ve got Skyrim (or any other game for that matter) installed and running on your PC, with Splashtop THD you can, with the right peripherals, play it remotely on your Transformer Prime.
In theory, any internet connection should work. In this example, the Transformer Prime was hooked up to the internet through the USB connection on the keyboard dock, via a network adapter bought from Monoprice. A version of Splashtop will need to be running on your PC on the other end for this to work.
Thanks to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich’s support for peripheral controls like this Logitech F710 you could connect an Xbox 360 controller, a PS3 Sixaxis or whatever your weapon of choice may be.
While in development at the moment with no ETA on the horizon, Splashtop THD is amazing because you’ll be able to patch in to your PC at home a la Citrix to do some work (boring) or, you could play games remotely on your Prime from your PC at home, virtually anywhere you can plug your Prime in. File some TPS reports or shoot a dragon in the knees? We know what we’d rather do. It’s just a shame that Google Voice Actions doesn’t support Dragon Shouts.
We’ll keep you posted on the progress of Splashtop THD.